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Kleptocracy Case Lifts a Veil on Rights Abuses

Lisa Misol | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Lisa Misol

The US Justice Department's $30 million settlement deal with the eldest son of Equatorial Guinea's president, announced on October 10, marks the end of a decade-long US effort to pursue Teodoro ("Teodorín") Nguema Obiang Mangue for corruption and money-laundering.

A Bill to End Secrecy Surrounding Shell Companies

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Stefanie Ostfeld

Rare is the Congressional bill whose upsides so lopsidedly outweigh its downsides. With one piece of legislation, Congress can make significant inroads to combat terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal arms deals, corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion.

How Dictators Triumph: With a Little Help From Their Friends

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 10.16.2012 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

Francisco Macias Nguema may not be as notorious as Joseph Stalin, but the people of Equatorial Guinea know him to be just as devastating. After 33 years and a litany of human rights violations, Obiang has grown more conscious of his international reputation.

United States v. One White, Crystal-Covered "Bad Tour" Glove

Roger Alford | Posted 12.18.2011 | Home
Roger Alford

The United States has finally decided to seize Michael Jackson's glove. Not that it has anything against Michael Jackson. The owner of the glove, however, is another matter.

Corruption, Kleptocrats, and Politics: Sudan and Burma

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Smith

Sadly, money laundering, corruption, and partnerships between violent regimes and willing banks is all too common, even when it's illegal.

Prize-Winning Hypocrisy

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Courtney C. Radsch

It is critical that UNESCO not be complicit in this farce and aim to completely eliminate a prize that no respectable scientist would ever want to receive anyway.

Sam Stein

Lanny Davis Defends $1 Million Contract To Lobby For Controversial African Leader | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ubiquitous Democratic spinmeister, Lanny Davis is defending himself against charges that he's become a hired gun for autocratic pols with a reputation...

UNESCO Slammed For 'Dictator' Science Prize

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Over a dozen human rights groups have censured UNESCO for planning to award a science prize sponsored by Teodor Obiang Nguema, the president of Equato...